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Comment Re:No (Score 2) 296

One-thousand times no.

I work in tech and routinely watch technical content. Mostly videos from conferences, meetups, howtos, etc. I do it at 1.5x most of the time, sometimes 2x. This is because I am looking for interesting (to me) bits such as interesting (novel, unorthodox, etc) solutions or just want to quickly rehash key points of things I haven't dealt with in a while. It saves me time and I still can accomplish what I set out to. What is wrong with my approach? Care to elaborate?

Comment Re:I'm leaning toward the 20 years estimate (Score 1) 381

... We can certainly get there, but it isn't going to be cheap for a while yet.

Indeed. Furthermore, it will require a number of subsystems responsible for data collection and processing to be implemented in HA fashion. Possibly on both hardware and software level. Short of that, a SPOF could lead to some nasty scenarios. That means significantly higher production/maintenance costs than a comparable 'standard' car. I for one enjoy driving my car myself and have no interest in swapping it for a self-driving one until the day I can completely disconnect from the driving part without rational fear. Sort of like I normally would when boarding a commercial airliner.

Submission + - The Global Decline in Manufacturing Jobs (nytimes.com)

Koreantoast writes: The New York Times posted an interesting thought piece on the changing nature of manufacturing globally and the impact it has on modern politics and economic development. Although manufacturing productivity has jumped tremendously over the last several decades, the overall global pool of manufacturing jobs is shrinking as automation and new industrial technologies has increased the production and supply of manufactured goods with fewer people at a rate faster than global demand can absorb. The analogy is the agricultural revolution of the last several centuries where greater amounts of food are being produced by fewer and fewer farmers, displacing many of them. How will industrialized nations manage the growing number of displaced, blue collar labor? Bigger impact globally is that the shrinking pool of manufacturing jobs globally is closing the traditional route of export-oriented manufacturing economy that many nations, particularly in East Asia, were able to use to lift their nations out of poverty. What happens to those nations that missed the boat?

Submission + - Almost two-thirds of software companies contributing to open source (networkworld.com)

alphadogg writes: Open source’s march toward preeminence in business software continued over the past year, according to a survey https://www.blackducksoftware.... released by open source management provider Black Duck Software and venture capital firm North Bridge. Roughly two-thirds of respondents to the survey – which was administered online and drew 1,300 respondents – said that their companies encouraged developers to contribute to open-source projects, and a similar proportion said that they were actively engaged in doing so already. That’s a 5% increase from the previous year’s survey.

Submission + - Voltage Pictures Launches Canadian BitTorrent Lawsuit With Reverse Class Action (michaelgeist.ca) 1

An anonymous reader writes: Michael Geist reports that Voltage Pictures, which previously engaged in a lengthy court battle to require Canadian ISPs to disclose the names of alleged file sharers, has adopted a new legal strategy. This week, the company filed an unusual application in Canadian federal court, seeking certification of a reverse class action against an unknown number of alleged uploaders of five movies using BitTorrent. The use of reverse class actions is very rare in Canada and raises a host of legal concerns.

Submission + - "Robo-mermaid" Combs Ocean Depths For Shipwreck Treasure (gizmag.com)

Zothecula writes: Even with bottled oxygen and elite training, there are underwater locations that lie well beyond our physical capabilities. But via haptic feedback technology and artificial intelligence, Stanford University's humanoid diving robot is now putting the ocean's depths within human reach. In its maiden expedition, the OceanOne droid has just scoured an untouched shipwreck off the coast of France and returned with a delicate, 17th century vase in its grip. Researchers are now eyeing future voyages to coral reefs, oil rigs and underwater disaster zones.

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